Lobstercon, a Down East QRP conclave, beckons!
Lobstercon 2013, an annual QRPer’s weekend held at a seaside campground in Brunswick, ME, is coming up this weekend — one of the summer highlights for this ham-radio operator.
Lobstercon runs from July 12-14 at the Thomas Point Beach Campground.
The event holds something for everyone: swimming at a nice, bay-side beach, a swap meet, great comaraderie, and some portable operating. The weekend coincides with the Straight Key Century Club’s Weekend Sprintathon, which has a 13-colonies theme, as well as the first annual Scorch Your Butt Off operating event — although it’s hard to imagine scorching one’s butt off on the Maine coast, unless skinny dipping then sunbathing while skinny is the order of the weekend. But I digress…
Rex Harper, W1REX of qrpme.com fame, organizes these annual Maine gigs, the highlight of which is an all-you-can-eat lobster dinner Saturday night. The lobstahs ah boiled on the spot, ayuh!
And the meals have gotten even more enjoyable since the Lobstercon Women’s Auxiliary Society and Drinking Club took over meal prep a couple of years ago.
Before the LWAS&DC executed its coup d’table, Saturday’s lunch and dinner consisted of the three major male food groups: meat, starch, and brownies. Now the meals contain a liberal dose of salads and veggies — a more, er, balanced meal with something for the rare vegetarian who may show up.
This will be my third Lobstercon in four years. It’s become the summer event around which I set aside some vacation time. During the Lobstercons I’ve attended, hams have come from as far away as Michigan, New Jersey, and a couple of Canadian provinces. Others have have traveled farther. But that was before my time.
If you are in New England over this coming weekend and want something hammish to do, you couldn’t find a better bunch of folks to join, even if only for the day. A day pass at the campground will set you back about $3.50 if you’re attending Lobstercon.
And if it’s too late to alter your itinerary, and you plan to visit New England in early July next year, consider putting Lobstercon on your TripTik. You can reach the event’s website here. Bookmark it!
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